The Essex juggernaut powering on to Lord's
The Cricket Paper|September 13, 2020
The Essex juggernaut powering on to Lord's
ESSEX head coach Anthony McGrath was left purring at his team’s latest victory that booked their final place at Lord’s.
Paul Hiscock

“To win four games and have the other rained-off in our group was outstanding, we couldn’t have done any more,” he said. “We are in the final and it will be a great way for us to finish the season.

“Back in March and April, it seemed very unlikely that we would play any red-ball cricket at all this season given what has happened with Covid-19. So when the competition was then set-up with the three conferences and the lads knew there was a Lord’s final, they were determined that they would be there.”

Sam Cook, supported by fellow paceman Jamie Porter and leading off-spinner Simon Harmer, led the way with the ball when Middlesex were skittled out for 138. But, apart from Paul Walter, the home side’s top-order struggled.

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September 13, 2020